Tuesday, August 11, 2009



It's Aaron's birthday and Grandpa gives him the gift he has always wanted, a horse. Aaron doesn't live on a farm so where will he keep his horse? In his house of course! The challenges of living with a horse in the house are many and even the horse isn't happy. What is the answer to this nagging dilema? To find the answer you will have to read the book.

ISBN 978-1-935137-82-5

Aaron is thrilled when Grandpa Roy gives him a horse for his birthday. After all, that's what Aaron wanted more than anything in the world. However, living with Horace the horse isn't as easy as Aaron predicted. To start with, Horace eats Aaron's strawberry cake and is incredibly messy. He spills food and drink all over the place. To make matters worse, Aaron has to clean up after him. But that's not all... Since Horace has the remote control, now they're all stuck watching horse racing. Aaron would rather watch cartoons! But sweet Horace pushes this further, stealing Mom's toothbrush and even Aaron's bed. Poor Aaron must now sleep on the floor!Perhaps keeping a horse at home isn't such a good idea, after all. Or is it?
You'll have to read the book to see all of Horace's naughty antics and to find out what Aaron decides. A Horse of Course is the latest children's picture book by talented Oregonian author Shari Lyle-Soffe. Soffe really knows what appeals to young children and this is portrayed in her delightful books. The story is cute and quirky and will keep children's eyes glued to the pages as Horace's antics grow from silly to outrageous. I loved the artwork in this book, it just goes so well with the story. The illustrations, done in colored markers, pens and crayons, have a cartoonish style and are as whimsical as the tale. This book will not only be enjoyed by children who love horses, but by all, young and old, who love a good humorous story.
--Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review


Donna M. McDine said...

Congratulations! Wishing you many more success!

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Sharon said...

Sounds like a familiar story. When our daughter got her first horse at age 14 she literally had no place to keep it. We lived on a mission base in Brazil and had to get permission from all the others in our community to tether the horse in our yard. We received many a middle of the night phone calls about our (her) horse being loose in someone else's yard. Most of them were false alarms. Never occurred to me this might make a humorous story.

Where do you come up with all your good ideas anyway?! This one definitely looks like a winner.


Donna J. Shepherd said...

Congratulations, Shari! Every time I see that cover, I have to laugh. And I love that the MC is Aaron - my son's name.

May you sell a million (or at least several thousand)! :)

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...


I spoke to a young boy once who wanted a horse. I asked him where he would keep the horse and the book grew from that conversation.

Thanks for your comment.


Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

Donna and Donna

Thanks for your comments.

I love the name Aaron.

Isn't Eugene's cover terrific!


Jack Foster said...

Congrats on your book Shari! Love that horse! What a smile!!!